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Heart Disease Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

About 1 in every 4 deaths is the result of heart disease, and with a total of 610,000 fatalities every year, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The team at MM Jersey City Breathing Center offers preventive treatments that can help you potentially avoid heart disease altogether and live a longer, healthier life. Take action early and stay clear of developing heart disease. Call one of the three convenient locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, to make an appointment today.

Heart Disease Q & A

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is an umbrella term for conditions that affect your heart and blood flow. Any condition that affects your heart’s muscles, valves, or rhythm is heart disease. Heart diseases  include different types of cardiovascular issues like:

Arrhythmia

An irregular heart rhythm can cause issues with your blood flow and result in a slow or racing heartbeat, accompanied by fluttering or pain in your chest.

Atherosclerosis

Hardening of your arteries or other blood vessels can restrict blood flow to and from your heart, which results in chest pain, numb extremities, and shortness of your breath.

Cardiomyopathy

Hardened or weak heart muscles can cause irregular heartbeat, fatigue, and dizziness.

Congenital heart defects

You may be born with heart irregularities that result in symptoms like shortness of breath during feedings, that appear soon after birth.

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD happens when there’s a buildup of plaque in your arteries that causes blockages and slowed blood flow.

Heart infections

You can develop an infection due to bacteria, viruses, or parasites in your heart.

Heart disease encompasses a wide range of conditions and it’s important to get regular checkups so your doctor can detect them early and start treatment.

How do you diagnose heart disease?

MM Jersey City Breathing Center uses the latest diagnostic tools to confirm whether you have heart disease and what type it is. 

Regardless of which type your doctor suspects you have, they perform a detailed physical exam and ask questions about your personal and family medical history. 

Along with various blood tests, your doctor may order additional imaging tests like X-rays and CT scans. 

They may also perform an echocardiogram, which uses ultrasound technology to get detailed images of your heart’s structure or an MRI scan, which uses a magnetic field to produce images of your heart.

Your doctor may also include tests like an electrocardiogram (ECG) that measure electrical signals and detect irregularities in your heart’s rhythm and structure. They may suggest a stress test, which raises your heart rate through exercise and measures how your heart responds.

How do you treat heart disease?

Once your specialist at MM Jersey City Breathing Center confirms your condition and determines what type of heart disease you have, they develop an appropriate line of treatment to help you manage your condition. Most treatments include a combination of the following:

Lifestyle changes

Eating a low-fat, low-sugar, low-sodium diet and getting at least 30 minutes of daily exercise can make a huge difference to your condition. You need to limit alcohol consumption and stop smoking as well.

Medication

If you don’t respond to lifestyle changes alone, your doctor can prescribe medication to control your disease and its accompanying symptoms. 

Surgery

If your case is advanced, or if you suffer a heart attack, your doctor can discuss your surgical options, which can correct certain issues like blockages, depending on the extent of damage to your heart.

To learn more about how to prevent disease and your various treatment options, call the office to make an appointment at MM Jersey City Breathing Center today.